What do you do when a client asks you to make it rain?
You can either run to the bank or make a deal or two (straight cash!) or, if you’re Ryder Haske of Peoples Television, you call up your cohorts at The Lookout to build a bespoke Rainmaker and get the shot done.
Rain looks amazing in videos and stills, but the logistics involved with shooting in said conditions can be tricky at best. Keeping crucial gear dry while lighting, exposing and shooting in the rain is a difficult balancing act that requires quite a bit of man power. Plus, it has to actually be raining.
Enter the Rainmaker. An expanse of 2×4’s mated to a soaker hose that came together in a makeshift all hands on deck production facility on the roof deck of the Lookout, mere hours before Ryder’s shoot. The genius of its design is that it can be disassembled in minutes for easy transport and storage, and quickly put back together when needed on set. All you need is a source of running water and a wrench.
There were, however, some key issues other than transportability that needed to be solved before the mighty rainmaker was deployed onset. The most important being how it would physically mount to its support stands.